Hotel Galvez and Spa, Galveston
When you’re in Galveston writing a series of articles titled “Haunted Galveston”, where else would you stay but the Hotel Galvez! The hotel has long been rumored to be haunted by a young woman who took her own life when she learned that her fiance had died at sea. Paranormal investigators frequently visit the hotel, and it’s been featured on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Stories! The hotel itself even offers Ghost Tours!
Ghost or no ghost, I absolutely LOVE this beautiful, historic hotel, built in 1911, after the 1900 Storm!
We had a standard room with 2 double beds. Rooms without a Gulf view are a little less expensive.
But the Gulf View is incredible! Our window even opened, allowing us to let in just a little of that Gulf breeze!
We weren’t there 2 minutes before the kids were gone to the pool! In October, it was in the high 90’s, and the pool felt great! However, it is a heated, saline pool and we have swam very late and early in the season!
It also offers a swim-up bar and separate hot tub.
The Hotel Restaurant offers fresh seafood and Texas-sized steaks, and children 12 and under eat free with a paying adult.
Don’t miss their wonderful Sunday Brunch! Served from 11-2, there is a little of everything! Children under 6 are FREE. Reservations are strongly recommended!
I loved that we didn’t have to worry about paying to park along the Seawall, we could just cross the street to be on the beach!
The hotel also offers complementary bikes for riding on the Seawall! These were great bikes, and while you’re not allowed to take them on the sand or water, they come with locks and you can ride all over the island! It’s just a 9 minute ride, 1.6 miles, to the Galveston Strand, and plenty of places to visit along the Seawall!
Our 9-year-old was able to ride on a bike with a lowered seat, but bring your own bikes and helmets for younger children. Call the hotel to confirm on using a bike trailer.
You can choose a bike with or without a basket, and the basket was nice for holding water and other items during our ride.
Here’s a tip: When you check out your bike, ask for a complementary bottle of water! They’ll offer you one when you return, but it’s nice to have one while you’re riding!
We had a nice ride to Murdoch’s Bathhouse, which was originally built in the late 1800’s, and had over 500 little changing rooms and showers! Today it’s one of the best souvenir shops on the island!
The Historic Pleasure Pier wasn’t open that early, but it sure is fun!
We then headed down to SUP Gulf Coast! We were able to lock up our bikes at convenient bike racks along the way! Click HERE for hours and rates!
By the time we got back, we were starving! Thankfully, Millers Seafood Grill is just right next door! They have a great all-day breakfast, and their Shrimp and Smokey Gouda Grits was amazing! Click HERE to eye their menu!
After our late breakfast, the kids wanted to swim again, while we took a little post-meal nap in the shade by the pool!
But I haven’t forgotten about the Ghost….
Room 501 is the supposedly haunted room where the girl hung herself when she learned her fiance had been killed. Her ghost is said to be seen at night in the room and hall.
While we didn’t stay in the room, it only has one bed, we did stay just down the hall on the 5th floor, but the only girl in a nightgown we saw was my daughter climbing in bed with us because she had a nightmare!
The Hotel Galvez offers year round Ghost Tour Dinners, and extra ones during October, with a guided tour and 3-course meal. You can also take a FREE smart phone tour in the Hall of History on the lower level of the hotel. Click HERE for more information.
Know Before You Go
If you’re celebrating a special event, such as an anniversary or birthday, be sure to mention it when you arrive.
Make your spa reservations in advance. Click HERE for more information.
A complementary shuttle will take you to the Strand Historical District!
Parking in the Parking Garage is $8/day. Cruise guest are charged $18/day during the cruise.
During your own Galveston Ghost Adventure, use hashtag #hauntedgalveston on your Instagram post!
Things to do in Galveston
If you’re shopping for something a little more unique, check out The Witchery on Post Office. Click HERE to visit their website.
Dash Beardsley’s Galveston Ghost Tours takes you on tours of the Historic Strand and Galveston’s Famed Cemeteries! Click HERE for more information.
2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston
Click HERE to visit their website.
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